Is the stage set for Assaidi to make an impact at Liverpool?

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The Moroccan winger has yet to get a run in Rodger's side, with impressive youngsters and adaptable older players taking his position on the left flank. Could he break into the starting team over the next month?

The £2.5 million capture of Oussama Assaidi over the summer looked like an excellent piece of business for Liverpool. The player had been impressive in recent seasons, and was an inexpensive addition to an area of the pitch that they needed cover in.

However Assaidi has rarely featured for the first team, something largely due to the excellent form of both rising stars and an adaptable Enrique on the left flank.

Raheem Sterling and Suso have both played in that position at times this season, with the former's wonderful form one of the unexpected treats of the season so far. In recent matches, Jose Enrique has flourished in an advanced role on the left flank, seemingly putting another body in between Assaidi and the first team.

However the Moroccan player has made all the right noises about improving in his time at the club so far, and Liverpool may well reap the benefits of giving him time to settle before inserting him into the first team.

With Sterling also comfortable on the right flank, and Enrique restored to a left back position in their match with Southampton, Assaidi could be given a chance in the side during the hectic Christmas fixture list.

If Assaidi does bring the form he showed at Heerenveen to Anfield, Liverpool could have one of the best attacking left flanks in the country with Enrique backing up the Moroccan. Last season Assaidi chipped in with ten goals from his flank for Heerenveen, and he looks a more natural goal threat than Liverpool's other wing options.

Goals are something that Liverpool are still heavily reliant on Luis Suarez for, so a greater contribution from the wing could help them greatly in converting their possession to wins.

Rodger's Liverpool have still yet to get a winning run under their belts, despite threatening to do so for some time. After the West Ham game this weekend, their next five matches sees Liverpool play Aston Villa, Fulham and Sunderland at home, and Stoke and QPR away.

If Liverpool can carry a little more threat in the final third, they could pick up plenty of wins over the next six matches. If he’s given a chance, Assaidi could be a major part of that.

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